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Lebanon

Adoption | Welfare | Sterilisation
The street dogs of Lebanon need our help. Decades of miseducation has led to a culture of cruelty, neglect and often deeply-shocking violence. The levels of abuse in Lebanon are some of the worst we’ve ever witnessed: dogs tied up and used as target practice; puppies thrown from rooftops and balconies; life-threatening wounds inflicted for ‘sport’ or malicious curiosity.

The situation is clear: we need to open our eyes, to wake up to the atrocities taking place, and fight back against the cruelty. Wild at Heart Foundation had made it’s mission to support organisations on the ground who are fighting to end the systematic suffering of street dogs in Lebanon, we worked alongside local rescuers and ethical organisations to educate, sterilise and rescue.

Stray dogs in Lebanon

We were committed to implementing a long-term, dedicated campaign to combat the atrocities taking place in the country. Our plans included:

  • Rescue | Establishing better transport solutions for dogs travelling between Lebanon and the UK, making adoptions outside of the country more affordable, and therefore opening up the option to rehome a Lebanese dog to a larger audience. With the appetite for adoption in Lebanon almost non-existent at the moment, it was imperative that we established more channels and means for the thousands of dogs currently languishing in shelters to find the forever homes they deserve. After all, no dog should spend their life behind bars, no matter how much safer this may be than a life on the street.

  • Sterilisation | Rolling out a spay/neuter clinic for street dogs in Lebanon, helping to reduce the number of puppies born into a life of hardship. Without tackling the problem at its root in this way, we will never be able to keep up with the problem; mass-sterilisation is by far the single most effective means to prevent the problem from escalating into an insurmountable feat.

  • Education | Exploring education opportunities to combat widespread beliefs about animals and their treatment. Many people in Lebanon believe that dogs do not have a soul and therefore don’t feel pain. Many more are resistant to the idea of sterilisation, or are “anti-adoption”, preferring instead to buy pedigree puppies at pet shops only to dump them days later. Education can, with time, change that.

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